via Scientific American Blog: Extinction Countdown
Scientists in the Philippines are weeks from submitting a genetically modified variety of rice to the authorities for biosafety evaluations.
This isn't such a good news story.
The Grey Long Eared Bat is listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List but it is not faring well in the UK.
Results of research and a conservation management plan recently published by Dr Orly Razgour of Bristol University show that there may be as few as 1000 of them left in the UK. While bat roosts are highly protected, their foraging grounds are not. Changes to agricultural practices in over the past half century have had the biggest effect on the abundance and accessibility of food. Changes to planning rules which allow developers to build on valuable habitat as long as they create habitat elsewhere could also harm the species as both the foraging and roosting sites must be close.
Image from the Bat Conservation Trust (http://www.bats.org.uk)
A good news story as the number of wild royal Bengal tigers in Nepal has increased to 198, a 63.6 per cent rise in five years. The only down side is the increased number of villagers killed by Tigers.
Royal Bengal tiger numbers in Nepal leap to 198 via The Independent